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Defective Products Lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO.

Defective Products Lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO. If you or someone you love was hurt by a dangerous product, get in touch with a Burger law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation.

Imagine what your daily like looks like: You may have a skincare routine or put on some hair gel in the morning, take allergy medication, go to school or work in your car, sit by a computer or work around heavy equipment, and/or use your cell phone on and off throughout the day. You may go 4-wheeling on the weekend. You may even have a pacemaker or other medical device. It seems we're always using or surrounded by some sort of technology that at one point was engineered, produced, shipped and purchased. When there is an oversight in that process and a product becomes hazardous, it can cause severe harm to you and your Sugar Creek, MO family. If tragedy struck you, you need the expert and dedicated legal representation of Burger Law's defective products lawyer team to fight on your behalf and secure you the full financial recovery you deserve.

In our three decades of negotiation, litigation and trial experience, we have delivered our clients in Sugar Creek and beyond more than $170 million. Our initial case evaluations are no-cost, no-obligation, so there's no risk in having us look over your claim. Get in touch with a defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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Sugar Creek, MO Defective Products Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that hazardous products result in over 29 million injuries and 21,000 deaths annually.

According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019 the mean average that people injured by defective products recovered was over $7 million in product liability cases that went to trial, while the median was $2 million. That speaks to the extreme devastation that can be caused when manufacturers and distributors do not obey proper safety measures.

If you or someone you know was harmed by a faulty product, call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO for understanding, devoted and talented support and legal counsel.

How Defective Products Claims Work in Sugar Creek, MO

Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §537.760, you and your Sugar Creek, MO defective products lawyer can make a "strict liability" claim if three factors are true:

  1. The person was involved in the product's chain of distribution.
  2. The product was used in a way rationally anticipated.
  3. Either or both of the following conditions:
    1. The product had a defective condition that was unreasonably hazardous when it left the manufacturer's or seller's that was the proximate cause of your injuries, and/or
    2. You were injured because there was a dangerous characteristic of the product and the labeling or instructions did not give adequate warning.

The "chain of distribution" refers to anyone that took part in the product coming to fruiting and going to the market, from initial conception to sale, including a distributor or seller. Under Missouri Revised Statute §5537.762, someone whose sole connection to the case is that they were the seller or distributor of the product may avoid liability if:

  • The manufacturer is known, has not closed their business and is able to reimburse you for all of your injuries.
  • The entity that sold it makes an affidavit under oath that they had nothing to do with the product beyond selling it.
  • There is no evidence is presented to the court that the seller took part in any other part of the design and manufacturing process.
  • The dismissal is requested to the judge no later than 60 days after the complaint is filed.

If the aforementioned conditions are fulfilled, the vendor would then be dismissed without prejudice, which means the decision to leave them out of the suit is not final. So, if later evidence demonstrates that they were actually involved in the engineering of the product, were otherwise to blame for the dangerous condition or the manufacturer is unable to pay for all of your damages, your defective products lawyer at Burger Law would then be able to call them back to court and ensure that every at-fault party is held responsible.

Missouri Revised Statute §537.764 has an exception for "state of the art products," meaning that a hazardous aspect of the product was not known and could not be discovered when the product went to market. This defense is only valid for failure to warn product liability cases, and it is up to the defense to prove that there is no way they could have known about the hazardous aspect.

The Difference Between Strict Liability and Negligence in Defective Products Cases

The majority of personal injury claims in Sugar Creek, MO depend on the idea of negligence. We all have a civil duty to not carelessly cause injuries to other people in certain situations; for example, Sugar Creek, MO dog owners must always have control of their dog. When someone fails in that obligation, for instance if you sustain a dog bite are because a dog owner didn't properly leash their dog they might be found liable for your damages and would owe you a financial recovery.

However, most product liability or defective products claims are determined by strict liability, meaning that anyone involved in the manufacture and sale of a product is at fault for any injuries a product causes, irrespective of negligence. According to jury instruction revisions made by the Missouri Supreme Court, defendant's in a product liability case may be held to the strict liability standard if you and your Sugar Creek, MO defective products lawyer can demonstrate that the product was "unreasonably dangerous" — meaning it is unsafe when used as intended or in a foreseeable way — at the moment that you acquired it.

Missouri classifies three different ways in which your defective products lawyer can argue a product was dangerous:

  1. Design Defect: A design defect is an inherent defect in the design that subsequently passes the fault to all of that product model that go on to be manufactured. An example is a piece of clothing that is easily flammable.
  2. Manufacturing Defects: This refers to a product that was safe in its design but became unsafe because of mistakes in the manufacturing process. This can either only make one product dangerous, i.e. a single vehicle, or several or all of them, as in an entire line of the same model vehicle. An example could be installing outdated components or not properly fastening components to each other.
  3. Insufficient Warnings and Instructions: This refers to a product that was designed and manufactured safely but caused injury because it did not give proper instructions or warnings about innate dangers. Examples include failing to warn that a hairdryer might cause an electric shock if it comes in contact with water or cleaning solutions that do not mention corrosive chemicals they contain on the label. A manufacturer typically does not have to warn against risks that a reasonable person would foresee. For example, they do not have to warn you that a chainsaw can cut you.

Strict liability is intended to hold corporations accountable and persuade them to implement comprehensive safety procedures for verifying that their products will not put the people who use it at risk. Even so, too often corporations do not respect their obligation to make safe products and try to focus more on their bottoms line than ensuring their products will not cause any damage. When that happens, your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO will fight on your behalf and demand nothing but the maximum financial recovery.

Comparative Negligence in Defective Productions Claims in Sugar Creek, MO

Manufacturers, vendors and anyone else in the chain of distribution will often rely on the concept of comparative negligence when creating their defense. Missouri Revised Statute §537.765 allows for the manufacturer or vendor to argue that you are responsible for a portion of your injuries and, therefore, they are not liable for the full extent of your damages. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 but finds you were 30 percent liable for the accident, your total compensation will only be $70,000. Often, claims of comparative fault are a disingenuous attempt an entity involved in the stream of commerce makes to eschew their responsibility to reimburse you for the damage their product did to you. Your Sugar Creek, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law sees through that. Pursuant to the statute, the defense may say you shoulder some or all of the fault if one or several of the following circumstances are relevant in your case:

  • You did not use the product in a way the manufacturer could foresee. A manufacturer or vendor is only has to make a product safe for ways that they can expect a consumer to use it. For example, electric razors are not specifically intended to be used in the shower, but they often are. If an electric razor is not water resistant and could lead to the user getting a shock, a warning needs to be included in the packaging. By contrast, if you are injured playing catch with a power tool or other sharp object, you likely do not have a claim because the manufacture would not be expected to foresee that happening.
  • You used the product in a way the manufacturer did not intend. With this defense, Someone in the chain of distribution will not be able to completely avoid liability but can significantly diminish it. Suppose you combine a certain medication with alcohol, producing negative side-effects or leading you to cause an auto collision. A pharmaceutical company could reasonably see someone doing that, but will not be completely responsible because you were being reckless.
  • You knew of inherent hazards of the product while you were using it. This is often referred to as "Assumption of the risk," a concept in tort claims whereby, if a plaintiff knowingly enters into a dangerous activity, the defendant is not responsible. For instance, you understand that using a sharp kitchen knife can cut you if you are not extremely careful.
  • You displayed an unreasonable failure to appreciate the danger that a product's specific use could cause. For example, you make custom modification to your car's engine despite not being a mechanic. The defense could say that any reasonable person would have known that they could be seriously harmed doing such a thing.
  • You neglected to take necessary safety precautions. Certain products come with safety instructions that the user has an obligation to follow to protect themselves. If you took more doses of a medication than the labeling or your doctor suggested, the defense can argue your injuries would have been avoided had you adhered to proper protocols.
  • You did not mitigate your damages. In any personal injury claim, you have a duty to try to lessen the financial recovery you are owed. For example, you cannot seek compensation for medical treatment for injuries that have nothing to do with. The defense may say you have no right to ask them for money they do not owe you.

Just because people in the stream of commerce can — and will — argue that comparative fault applies to your lawsuit, that does not mean the claim is automatically true. Powerful corporations and insurance companies implement myriad deceitful tactics to try and devalue your claim, but your Sugar Creek, MO defective products lawyer at Burger Law knows how to combat them. We know these large corporations are unfair and try to take advantage of people unfamiliar with Missouri laws. All you will ever owe is a contingency fee, which means our only fee is a moderate percentage of the compensation you get, and you do not pay us anything until we win your case. Get in touch with Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT for legal advocacy that parallels and exceeds that of bullying manufacturers and distributors and insurance adjusters.

Defective Vehicle Parts Lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO

Defective vehicles are the most common type of product liability that our defective products lawyer team sees in Sugar Creek, MO. In 2019 alone, over 53.1 million individual cars and vehicle components were recalled in the United States. Defective car parts can lead to wrecks and fires, and lead to further injuries when the safety components to not function as they should. Common dangerous motor vehicle parts we see are:

  • Brakes
  • Airbags
  • Fuel systems
  • Electrical wires
  • Wheels
  • Door latches
  • Engine cooling fan blades

Alternative vehicles like 4-wheelers can also cause injuries, for instance many of them are prone to rolling over.

Your Burger Law defective products lawyer has extensive experience investigating car accident claims and injuries and will consult with experts to determine if your accident was the fault of a faulty vehicle component.

Defective Medical Devices Lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO

Medical devices are meant to make our lives better and allow us to live the life we want. But, sometimes they can do the opposite and make our lives worse when not manufactured, shipped or implanted correctly. Common medical devices that your Burger Law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO has seen cause further injuries to patients are:

  • Artificial hips, knees or other joints that can result in infections, limited mobility, chronic soreness or frequent dislocations
  • Pacemakers, which can result in infections or even wrongful death when they do not last as long as expected
  • Robotic surgical assistants intended to operate on parts of the body that are difficult for a surgeon to manually reach that, when faulty, can cause perforated organs, infections and internal burns
  • Blood clot filters that do not sufficiently protect the lungs from free-floating blood clots
  • Permanent birth control implements that can pierce organs, lead to pain in the pelvic region, abnormal hemorrhaging and unwanted pregnancies

As the medical industry becomes more high-tech, medical device recalls have soared. In the first quarter of 2018, medical device recalls rose by 126 percent, mostly as a result of defects in software.

In 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department announced that throughout a decade Medicare paid out at least $1.5 billion to replace more than 73,000 flawed heart devices alone. We should not have to worry that these highly technological medical devices might cause us extensive pain instead of improving our lives. If a faulty medical device caused you injuries, your Sugar Creek, MO defective injuries lawyer at Burger Law will fight for your right to be reimbursed when your trust was betrayed.

In February 2022, Exactech, a company that manufactures implants and joint replacements, had to recall several models of their Polyethylene Knee Replacements. Their knee replacements were negligently packaged and shipped, causing them to degrade sooner than anticipated and have caused incredible pain and lifelong damage to potentially as many as 150,000 patients who were depending on the replacement joint to ease their pain. When Burger Law was retained by a client, we immediately got to work bringing them what peace of mind we could and continue to take on Exactech Knee Replacement cases. You can view our original complaint here:

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Defective Drug Lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO

The Federal Drug Administration has stringent protocols for the testing, labeling, packaging and shipping of prescription drugs. However, the administration uses data from the pharmaceutical companies themselves when deciding whether or not to allow the drug to hit the market. That means that many medications reach the shelves whose potential side effects greatly outweigh their potential benefits. Too many pharmaceutical companies care more about the money they make more than the safety of the people who need medicine and treatments that truly help their condition. Currently, recalling a drug is largely voluntary. One way to make sure dangerous prescriptions stay off the shelves: call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO to stand up for the vulnerable and let these corporations know that their conduct is intolerable.

Hundreds of thousands of prescriptions and medical devices are taken off the national market annually, and many of them have already been widely ingested and used. If you or a loved one had your condition deteriorate because of careless pharmaceutical companies and corporations, reach out to a Burger Law defective products injury lawyer as soon as possible. We protect the rights of the injured and vulnerable and make sure negligent corporations know how much damage they have caused. Burger Law has already successfully won claims for families against opioid manufacturers so they can have some sense of peace for the wrongful death of their loved one.

Other common dangerous products we collect compensation for our clients for in Sugar Creek, MO include:

  • Children's toys
  • Chemicals such as cleaning products
  • Baby powder
  • Household appliances
  • Industrial equipment
  • Cell phone batteries
  • Beauty products

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Every Burger Law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO knows that being hurt by a faulty product can completely disrupt your daily routine, your family and even your present and future financial security. That is why we endeavor to see the injured in Sugar Creek and throughout Missouri get full compensation for all of their damages, not just what the product manufacturer or insurance company wants to pay. When you hire us, we do not hesitate to start working on delivering you a financial recovery for all of your medical costs and lost wages, as well as the mental and physical hardships your injury has taken on you and your Sugar Creek, MO family. We will fight by your side the entire away and never allow a powerful corporation think they can take advantage of you. Call a Burger Law defective products lawyer in Sugar Creek, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to take the first step toward a true recovery.

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